March 23, 2016

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250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education

Rutgers faculty, staff, and students and the general public are invited to the 250th Anniversary Presidential Symposium on Higher Education, a series of conferences that will focus broadly on the changing roles of the research university in the 21st century and the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes. These events are designed to encourage deep reflection and lively dialogue about the future of our shared endeavor.

The Inaugural Symposium will take place on April 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Rutgers Business School, Piscataway, when distinguished scholars and academic leaders explore “The Future of the Research University.” A reception will follow. RSVP to Learn more here

Note the upcoming conferences: September 28, “Transformational Science in the 21st Century,” and October 26, "Are the Liberal Arts Useful in the 21st Century?"

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Gerald N. Grob Memorial Service: April 1, New Brunswick
A memorial service for Gerald N. Grob, Distinguished Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine (Emeritus), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be held on April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Clinical Academic Building, Room 1302, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A reception will follow at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. RSVP to or 848-932-8413 by March 25. Grob passed away on December 16, 2015, in Evergreen, Colo. 


Funding Opportunities at Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announced that it will fund two pilot research projects (each at $25,000 for one year) by faculty who are at least assistant professor, and two pilot applied and community outreach programs (each at $15,000 for one year) open to all faculty. The goal of the research projects is to facilitate new intradepartmental, multidisciplinary research collaborations, leading to extramural funding. Review the applications guidelines and how to apply for the research projects here. The goal of the applied and community outreach programs is to facilitate new intradepartmental, multidisciplinary collaborations in health-related fields, also leading to extramural funding. Review the application guidelines for the applied and community outreach projects and apply here.

Note the Poison Control Helpline Number at NJPIES
The third week in March is annually designated National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness about the burden of poisoning—a leading cause of injury-related deaths in this country—and specific ways to prevent it. If the unexpected happens, immediately call the poison helpline (1-800-222-1222) at New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), a division of the Department of Emergency Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. NJPIES is New Jersey’s only poison control center. Anything can be a poison if it’s used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person. Poisonings happen anywhere and to anyone, involving many substances. You are advised, as a precaution, to program the poison helpline number into your cell phone and post it somewhere visible in your home and office. Learn more here [PDF]. 

Register Now for April–June HR Learning and Development Programs
University Human Resources Learning and Development offers all full-time faculty and staff more than 50 different free, open-registration programs and learning opportunities each semester on a broad range of topics, including management, supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, planning, and performance management. Register now for April through June sessions. All programs combine structured experiences, small and large group discussions and activities, and additional resources that complement course learning. Self-study materials and online presentations are also available. Custom programming may be requested to meet unique departmental needs. Learn more and register here

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at or 848-445-2272.

Construction at Bevier and Taylor Roads Intersection: Piscataway
Due to the installation of new chilled water lines associated with the construction project near the Wright Rieman Laboratories in Piscataway, the pedestrian walkway at the intersection of Bevier and Taylor Roads has been shifted several feet for approximately the next six weeks. Detour signs direct pedestrians around the excavation. 

Contributions of Jewish Scholars to Islamic Studies: March 28, New Brunswick
From the 1830s to the 1930s, Jewish scholars played a major role in the development of the nascent field of Islamic studies in Europe, describing Islam in highly positive terms as the religion closest to Judaism. Susannah Heschel, chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College, will discuss their contributions to the field and the influence of their studies on modern Jewish self-understanding at a public lecture on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presented by the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Learn more here.

RU Sustainable Symposium: March 31, Piscataway
The Rutgers University Sustainability Committee invites faculty, staff, and students from all campuses to attend the university’s first Sustainability Symposium on March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. This is a free event, including complimentary lunch, to demonstrate what the university is doing to be sustainable and how the university community can get involved. To attend in person, register by March 25 at 5 p.m. You can also participate via livestream. Learn more and register here.  

Charity Hockey at Prudential Center: NJMS vs. RSDM: April 8, Newark
Make plans to watch Rutgers' New Jersey Medical School battle Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in their annual charity hockey game, this year benefiting the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, on April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center, Newark. Since 1983, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation has helped more than 1,700 New Jersey families manage their struggles with pediatric cancer. Learn more and donate here.

RWJMS Scholarship Gala: April 9, New Brunswick
Attend the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association’s sixth annual scholarship gala on April 9 at 6 p.m. at The Heldrich, New Brunswick. The event honors distinguished alumni, faculty, and supporters, and several classes will celebrate milestone anniversaries. For reservations, call 732-729-4670 or visit For additional information or class lists to contact others to encourage a strong turnout, contact Roberta Ribner, alumni affairs coordinator, at or 732-235-6310. Learn more here.

Third Annual Comic Con: April 9, Camden
Join the celebration of comics, fantasy, and pop culture at the third annual Camden Comic Con, cohosted by Rutgers University–Camden Center for the Arts and the Art Students League, on April 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Camden Athletic and Fitness Center, Rutgers–Camden. The event features such guest creators and artists as Bob McLeod, panel discussions, live music, and family-friendly activities. Peruse comics, pick up rare issues, and celebrate the love of all things nerdy. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Save the Dates: Mason Gross Extension Division Events
Mark your calendar for the following events presented by the Extension Division of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick: Drop-In Day, April 9; Brass Day, April 17; Rutgers Youth Percussion Celebration, May 19; Piano Day, May 22; and Orchestra Day, June 5. Learn more and register here.

Information Session for Pre-College Summer Scholars: April 20, Piscataway 
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Youngsters 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. An information session for the program will be held on April 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. Learn more and apply here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 75 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Newsweek and Washington Post.

Highlights include:

The New York Times: Meditation Plus Running as a Treatment for Depression (Brandon Alderman, SAS, quoted here)

The Los Angeles Times: Hillary Clinton's Trump card: Female swing voters (Kelly Dittmar, CAWP, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

REI Energy Policy Seminar Series: March 25, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute’s Energy Policy Seminar Series presents Wendy Palen, associate professor, ecology of aquatic communities, Simon Fraser University, on March 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. She will discuss "Developing a Stakeholder-Driven Decision Support Tool to Reduce Conflict between Renewable Energy and Biodiversity Conservation." Learn more here.

British Studies' "Costs of Abstraction" Conference: March 25, New Brunswick
The Rutgers British Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts "Costs of Abstraction," a daylong graduate conference in science and epistemology, on March 25 beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the Teleconference Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The event brings together scholars from a wide range of fields and features a keynote address by Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. The conference is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Register and learn more here

Global Health Nursing Seminar: April 5, Newark
The Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), and the New Jersey Trauma Center at Newark University Hospital present “Nurses Matter: Our Role in Global Health,” on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room C-600, Medical Science Building, RBHS, Newark. Presentations include: “Combating Infectious Disease Globally: What We Learned from Ebola”; “The Role of Nursing and Midwifery in Addressing Universal Health Coverage”; and “Experiences in Sierra Leone.” Suzanne Willard, associate dean for global health, School of Nursing, is the moderator. Registration includes breakfast and lunch; four nursing contact hours will be provided. School of Nursing students are admitted free with ID. General admission: $30; student admission: $20. Register here. For more information, contact Dorsa Seimaa at 973-972-5872 or


SEBS 250th Anniversary Lecture: Author Gaia Vince: April 8, New Brunswick
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Gaia Vince to offer the Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary Public Lecture. The nonfiction Royal Society-winning author discusses her book, Adventures in the Anthropocene, on April 8 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Room 101, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A book signing and reception will follow. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Register and learn more here.


Register for the RBS Annual Women Build Summit: April 8, New Brunswick
As the university celebrates its 250th Anniversary year, women executives, corporate sponsors, and undergraduate students are invited to join the Rutgers Business School’s Annual Women Build Summit, a day of discussion and networking around the theme “Women Revolutionizing Business and Technology” at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, on April 8 from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The day highlights the evolving role of technology in business across the decades and showcases women’s leadership at the intersection of business innovation and technology. RSVP to Sangeeta Rao at or at 973-353-5709. Learn more here.

“Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color”: April 14–15, Camden
Seeking to address the economic and educational trajectory for girls of color, Rutgers University–Camden and Educational Testing Service are partnering to host a symposium, "Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color," on April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Camden Campus Center. Learn more and register here.


Eighth Annual Donald C. Clark Jr. Endowed Lecture in Law and Religion: March 24, Camden
On March 24 at 4:30 p.m. in Classroom 401 Penn at the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers Law School and the Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion present the Eighth Annual Donald C. Clark Jr. Endowed Lecture in Law and Religion, which examines Rutgers’ early religious ties to the Dutch Reformed Church, the denominational parent of Rutgers University. Panelists will discuss events that led to Rutgers’ break from the church, the state of religion in higher education today, and its implications on the First Amendment. Learn more here.

Institute of Jazz Studies Presents Free Concert: March 23, Newark
The Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts a free concert featuring Toshiko Akiyoshi and the Lew Tabackin Quartet on March 23 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at 15 Washington Street, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Leslie Jamison: March 23, New Brunswick
Essayist and novelist Leslie Jamison talks about her work on March 23 at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here


Women’s History Month Conference: March 25, Camden
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Community Leadership Center, Rutgers University–Camden, host presentations from faculty, students, activists, scholars, and artists on topics such as history, religion, gender, and literature on March 25 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Camden Campus Center. Register here

Beacons of Light: March 30, Camden
Beacons of Light: The Black Student Protest Legacy at Rutgers University–Camden hosts panels and discussions about the history of student protest and desegregation on campus and in surrounding communities on March 30 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Camden Campus Center. Learn more and register here

Yoga: Every Wednesday, Newark
The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), offers yoga sessions every Wednesday at noon in the Medical Science Building, RBHS, Newark. Beginners are welcome and mats are provided. A session’s room can change; sign up for weekly email announcements from Candace Cronin at

Get Involved

Sign Up: RBHS Golf League
The annual Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Golf League begins its season on April 14 and is seeking new members and substitutes. The league plays nine holes at Rutgers Golf Course, Piscataway, on Thursdays, with tee times starting just after 4 p.m. and playoffs running through September. Registration must be submitted by April 1. Those who are unable to play every week can join as substitutes and play when they are available. Register here or send registration requests to Scot Stenroos at

Seeking Volunteers Now for New Brunswick Summer Conference
Rutgers University–New Brunswick has been chosen to host the International Association for College Admission Counseling Conference from July 8 through July 15. The Department of Undergraduate Admissions is honored to have this opportunity to showcase the university to hundreds of counselors from around the world as it celebrates 250 years of being revolutionary. To help ensure the university’s best effort is made as conference host, Undergraduate Admissions is seeking student, faculty, and alumni volunteers to assist with registration, various events throughout the conference, the help desk, and other conference-related activities. Training is required in April to work as a volunteer. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt. Those interested in volunteering should register and choose preferred training times here.

Self-Defense Class: March 31 or April 1, New Brunswick
Violent crimes are often crimes of opportunity. Remove the element of opportunity, reduce the risk of attack. Participate in a personal safety/crime prevention awareness class at the College Avenue Gym Dance Studio, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on either March 31 at 6:30 p.m. or April 1 at 4:30 p.m., sponsored by Rutgers Recreation. The class focuses on mental and physical preparedness techniques to incorporate into everyday life. Sign up for the class here to begin taking control of your personal safety. Participants are reminded to wear comfortable/loose clothing and sneakers. 

Awards & Honors

Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden, was honored with a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey. The award recognizes women who are leaders in their fields, innovators of unique programs and services, and role models and mentors to tomorrow’s generation. 

Elizabeth Matto, director, Youth Political Participation Program, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship from the American Political Science Association. The award is given annually to faculty members who demonstrate commitment to and excellence in encouraging and developing scholarship among undergraduate students and in mentoring undergraduate students in preparation for graduate school or public­ affairs-related careers.

Nicolás Pereda, director, Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named one of Cinema Scope’s “50 Best Filmmakers Under 50.” Cinema Scope magazine is a Canadian quarterly providing a forum on world cinema.

Amy Vojta, assistant director, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisers’ 2015 Shelly Sutherland Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Rutgers’ SCREAM Theater received the NASPA Excellence Bronze Award for Violence Education and Prevention. NASPA (earlier known as National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and today known as Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of members who are transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration.

Gifts & Grants

Tara Matise, professor and head of the computational genetics program, Department of Genetics, and Steven Buyske, associate research professor, Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, both School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of a four-year award totaling $3.8 million. The project, titled Genome Sequencing Program Coordinating Center, is being supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The center provides support to a multiuniversity, $260 million research initiative focused on understanding the genomic bases of common and rare human diseases. Learn more about Matise here and Buyske here.

Zhiping Pang, assistant professor of neuroscience and cell biology, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,755,384. The project, titled Deciphering the Neural Basis of Alcohol Use Disorders Using Human and Mouse Neurons, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Pang here.

Donna Fennell, associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $345,968. The project, titled Microbial Processes at AOC1of Chamber Works, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Fennell here.

Tim Raphael, associate professor, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, and Mary Rizzo, assistant professor of professional practice and associate director, Public and Digital Humanities Initiatives, Department of History, both Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, are among those sharing a $250,000 grant to a 20-university coalition for the States of Incarceration project. The project, which supports public dialogues around a traveling exhibit, web platform, and curricula focusing on mass incarceration, is being supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about Raphael here and Rizzo here.

Chirag Shah and Vivek Singh, assistant professors, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a $62,813 Google Faculty Research Award for their research project, titled Predicting Search Behavior Using Physical and Online Explorations. Learn more about Shah here and Singh here

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